Comments on: The Annoyances of the Web Trying to Personalize You PC enthusiasts one-stop resource for high-quality reviews, articles and current technology news. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:53:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Joe Sullivan Fri, 18 Jan 2013 03:13:00 +0000 Facebook’s not totally without merit, at least for me. But it’s gotten worse now that you never really know whether anyone will see your updates. And there’s the fact that it’s basically one big advertisement.

By: Kayden Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:28:00 +0000 I am sick of “recommendations” on anything tbh. Let’s say I have a problem or need advice on a product and need to search for it, why am I seeing recommendations for things that don’t even cater to what I am searching for? Like when I searched for a PSU I got recommended for a microwave, subwoofer, a efuel generator and etc, HUH? I can understand that ads drive many things on the net but why did they include the Amazon Sports section?

That’s another problem I have is ads on web searches. Google is the worst offender omfg, a simple search for Firefox will provide you with a first link that goes to an ad site which provides nothing but bloatware or malicious software included in it. At least Bing will put it off to the side but when your in a rush or don’t know what your doing, like many users who don’t look for apps often, will get screwed by this.

I know that it seems a bit of a stretch to consider these recommendations but any business that puts ads above the content your looking for is targeting you personally based on information you provided, that can turn out to be malicious and I don’t like it.

Therefore I don’t see recommendations as anything but a new way to generate ad revenue for a business and social media, has lied and will continue, to recommend things that people don’t even like in the first place. It will just be a matter of time before these social networks will have influence about your personal details and target you everywhere, Bing has all ready started doing it, what makes you think it wont happen everywhere else?

By: Marfig Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:06:00 +0000 It doesn’t really bother me because… well, I don’t use social networks.

The more I hear about them, of course, even less I’m interested on them. What I do find a tad bit strange though is their prevalence. You see, I never lost contact with anyone because of it. People know about me and I about them, when I want them to know and when they want me to know. And only about the things I and them want each other to know. So, my world isn’t any less “social” because I didn’t adhere to the craze. I find, for that reason, a little bit hard to to swallow any of the justifications to using them. Sure, if you have a business or your life actually depends on being marketed. Otherwise, don’t use them.

I think, by adhering to a social network, one will have to accept that they will be marketing their life. That’s why social networks are so good for companies that adhere to them. That’s how social networks eventually evolved, despite the always strong resistance of a small but representative number of its users. They are marketing a user life. So, I’ll probably sound a bit of an asshole when I say, live with it. It’s what you chose. There’s a whole world out there, made of emails, forums, IRC, NNTP, IM, discussion groups, specialized websites of all kinds where people can meet and talk. And there’s also the real world where relationships can and still should be established with a stronger link than that of any internet experience. Social Networks are a corruption of a once nice and interesting concept.

Sticking to them is their biggest achievement in fact. It demonstrates how addictive they became to some people who don’t really understand they can live without them. That all of that “but I need to stay connected” is one of the biggest lies on the internet. If not the biggest.